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Apr 26, 2014 12:30pm PDT
on a four-nation tour that brings him to japan, malaysia, and the philippines. it's a trip that has long been on hold, the president had to cancel his scheduled asian trip last year. during the government shutdown and canceled twice in 2010. the bp oil spill and debate. forcing our traditional asian allies to feel skeptical. about the so-call the pivot. notably the series in syria and ukraine. the president is there to reassure, stop japan where mr. obama was treated to a formal state visit. japan is the u.s.'s fourth largest trading partner with $203 billion in goods flowing between the two nations last year, 2013. but there's an on going trade in balance. u.s. exports, $635 billion while japan exports $138 billion to the u.s. in order to level that playing field, president obama wants to boost the tpp, the transpacific partnership of free trade zone that does not include china. if the tpp were to become reality, it would comprise the biggest trade accord in u.s. history, but there are hurdles. the u.s. wants a bigger foothold than japan's automobile and agricultural sectors. only 6% of
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